KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Firmly establishing himself as the man to beat, Bode Miller was fastest Saturday in the final Olympic downhill training run.
Miller finished in 2 minutes, 6.09 seconds, one day before the first medal race on the Alpine schedule. The 36-year-old American also turned in the top time in Thursday's opening training session. He was sixth in Friday's training.
Asked what his objectives were Saturday, Miller said with a smile: "Um, not kill myself was primary."
He went on to explain that his "secondary" aim was to fix a mistake he made Friday in a particular section that comes right before a spot known as the Bear Jump. Miller was satisfied that he now knows the right way to approach that portion.
"I felt confident I could do it," Miller said, "but I hadn't done it in either of the training runs before, so I think that was important for me to nail that section and ski it really well."
He already owns a U.S.-record five Olympic Alpine medals, including three from the 2010 Winter Games. Another triple medalist in Vancouver, Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, was second-fastest Saturday, 0.66 behind. A pair of Italians came next: Peter Fill and Werner Heel.
Svindal was the downhill silver medalist four years ago, one spot ahead of Miller.
After Saturday's training, Svindal acknowledged Miller has looked good so far on the Rosa Khutor course.
"Is he the favorite? I think so. He's been the best skier on this mountain, so right now he looks like the favorite," said Svindal, like Miller a two-time overall World Cup champion. "But there is me, and I would say three, four other guys that could beat him. So we'll see what happens."
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